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Over 120 people join clean-up efforts on Bruny Island coastline

Over 120 people join clean-up efforts on Bruny Island coastline

The beaches and waterways of beautiful Bruny Island are notably cleaner thanks to the efforts of the 124 volunteers who joined a marine debris clean up event on 18 August, removing over 10 cubic metres of debris. Organised by the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration (DHC), these annual clean-ups have removed over 55 cubic metres of marine debris from southern Tasmania’s waters since 2016.

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Community Clean Up at Charlottes Cove

Community Clean Up at Charlottes Cove

This year’s marine debris clean up at Charlottes Cove in the Huon Valley brought together over 50 volunteers from the community who braved the cold and windy conditions to help remove over 5m3 of trash from our southern beaches.

Members of community groups and organisations such as Friends of Randall’s Bay Coastcare Group, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Kingborough Coastcare, Birdlife Tasmania, the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Group, Parks and Wildlife Service, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and Bruny Island Boat Club clambered over rocks and logs to fill dozens of bags with an assortment of rubbish. After collection, every piece of twine, bottle cap or cigarette butt was meticulously sorted to give us a better idea of what’s out there – and where it’s coming from.

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Marine debris month

Marine debris month

Over the month of May, the Huon and Channel communities came together to clean up beaches and foreshore areas in their regions.Clean-up sites included Dover, Alonnah to Simpsons Point on Bruny Island, Garden Island, and Randalls Bay to Nine Pin Point in the Huon Estuary.

More than 36 m3 of marine debris was collected over the course of this “Marine Debris Month”, and over 150 people were involved in a series of clean-up events. This included staff from Huon Aquaculture, Tassal Tasmanian Salmon, TasWater and NRM South, school students from Sacred Heart Primary School, Glen Huon Primary School and support from the Bookend Trust’s Coast Watchers program, volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia, Bruny Island Boat Club, Port Cygnet Landcare and Watercare Group, Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare Group and the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Group.

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Our Waterway Conference

Our Waterway Conference

The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration’s Mini-Conference was held on Tuesday the 30th of August and was a great success – in fact there was nothing ‘mini’ about the conference after all! A full house of attendees came to listen to talks on waterway condition, biodiversity and marine protection, seaweeds, gulls, marine mammals and coastal hazards. Have a listen to this snippet from ABC Radio’s Drive program with Louise Saunders here.

 

Collaborating to clean up the channel

Collaborating to clean up the channel

Fifty-six volunteers undertook a major coastal clean-up at Alonnah on Bruny Island on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2016.

Local residents from Bruny and the Channel areas, Sustainable Living in Kingborough, Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Bruny Island Boat Club joined forces with staff from NRM South, Huon Valley Council, Tassal, and TasWater – with the aim to make a real difference to our waterway by removing waste from the Bruny Island coastline between Alonnah and Simpson Bay. Continue reading “Collaborating to clean up the channel”

The first report card for the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon

The first report card for the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon

The first ever report card on one of Tasmania’s most loved and used waterways, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary waterway, will be released on 2nd March 2016. This report card will focus on water quality and sediment health, pollution types and sources, swimming and seafood safety, coastal and marine habitats, and climate.

The Report Card has been prepared by the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration in the interest of maintaining the diversity and improving the condition of the waterway. Continue reading “The first report card for the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon”

Partnership to protect Tassie’s most popular waterway

Partnership to protect Tassie’s most popular waterway

The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon waterways are shared-use waterways that host more Tasmanian recreational fishers and boaters than any other in Tasmania, and with thriving commercial operators and growing residential development it is critical that the area’s natural values are managed effectively.

Today, an innovative partnership agreement was signed between industry, government and natural resource managers. The partnership provides a framework for collaboration that will support and enhance natural diversity and improve the condition of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary.

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D’Entrecasteaux and Huon agreement

D’Entrecasteaux and Huon agreement

This Friday, an innovative partnership agreement will be signed between industry, government and natural resource managers. The partnership will provide a framework for collaboration that will support and enhance natural diversity and improve the condition of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary.

The region’s two salmon farmers – Huon Aquaculture and Tassal – have joined with Kingborough and Huon Valley Councils, TasWater, the Derwent Estuary Program and NRM South to support the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration.

A report card on the condition of the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon waterways is being developed for release in early 2016. It will focus on water quality and sediment health, pollution types and sources, swimming and seafood safety, coastal and marine habitats, and climate.